How to Buy a Diamond Tennis Bracelet
by Katie Duzan
Published April 29, 2010 | Updated August 18, 2015
When you buy any piece of diamond jewelry, you should know exactly what you are getting, and diamond tennis bracelets are no exception. While you may not need to make as many choices as you would with a diamond ring, you'll still want to be aware of the facts about diamonds as you shop for tennis bracelets.
Buying Diamond Tennis Bracelets:
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- Set a Budget
In order to get the best diamond tennis bracelet available for your money, you need to know how much you can spend. Some diamond tennis bracelets can cost more than a car, while other prices fit into a more modest budget. Deciding what your budget is will get you started off on the right foot and help you get the most for your dollar.
- Choose Your Favorite Metal
The metal of the bracelet will affect the overall appearance quite a bit. You can choose between yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, platinum, and even sterling silver. Yellow gold has a timeless look, but white gold has recently become one of the most popular choices.
- Think about Diamond Color
The diamond color is also a fun and personal choice, whether you prefer colorless diamonds, modern black diamonds, or pretty pink stones. Sometimes you'll even see white diamonds and colored diamonds set together in the same bracelet, which gives it a contemporary look.
- Learn the 4 C's of Diamonds
The Gemological Institute of America rates the quality of a diamond based on a rating system that is commonly referred to as "The Four C's." These four C's are cut, color, clarity and carat weight. For more information about the 4 C's and to see diagrams of them, be sure to read our diamond buying guide.
- Consider the Diamond Shape
Diamond bracelets often feature round-cut diamonds in a single row, but you'll see other varieties, too. Princess-cut diamonds and baguette-cut diamonds works well in tennis bracelets. You may also see multi-row designs and even halo settings on each diamond around the bracelet.
The Basics of the 4 C's of Diamonds:
Cut: A well-cut diamond is one that has perfect proportions and exhibits a lot of light and brilliance.
Clarity: This is rated on how many imperfections the diamond has, from flawless to those with obvious natural defects.
Color: While perfectly colorless diamonds are popular, colored diamonds are growing in popularity and becoming more widely available in tennis bracelets.
Carat: This is the weight or size of the diamond. Keep in mind while you are shopping tennis bracelets and other diamond jewelry with multiple stones that product information will usually list the total diamond carat size in the entire bracelet or piece, rather than each individual diamond carat size.